Series: Body Language

Body Language: Creating Bonds
Lesson Objective: Create bonds between teacher and student through body language
All Grades / Behavior / Class Culture

Thought starters

  1. Why does Mr. Grier pace during his lesson?
  2. How does Mr. Grier use body language to convey approval?
  3. How do you see students respond to the teachers multi-signal approach?
9 Comments
I need to be more aware of my body language while I teach. I want to be able to make more and better connections with students.
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I totally agree with non-verbal communication and body language. I use facial expressions, hand gestures, and various stances in the classroom to help make connecitons with my students. There are so many ways to connect with students, and make them feel comfortable and engaged in the classroom that don't involve speaking. When I want a student to raise his voice, I simply step back a few steps and the student naturally raises his voice. Sometimes I prompt students using hand gestures. The kids get it and respond to it and it keeps the discussion from becoming boring.
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Hmmmm He seems a little stiff and standoffish to me I'm not sure I agree with this segment... I pace and move around I always have.
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Stiff? Really? This is good practice, let us be fair

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What helps bonding to happen is how literate, comfortable and enthusiastic the instructor is on the topic they are teaching; respecting the instructors knowledge. For many of the students it is enough for them to bond with the instructor when instructor moves around and enjoys the topics they are teaching. But not many. For a great deal of students they need more and hopefully included in the bonding process the instructor creates an emotionally safe space for all students as well as shows these students that their needs are met to be successful matters to the instructor. Taking time to respect students will strengthen that bond but it must go beyond the lecture portion of the lesson. You cannot create a good bond with your students on the lecture portion alone.
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Our teachers stand at the entry doors to our hallways to greet students and watch for "horseplay" before they even get to the classroom door. It settles students and makes them feel welcome.
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Transcripts

  • Summary

    The effect of body language or non-verbal communication on establishing and reinforcing relationships as a lesson gets underway is demonstrated.

    Summary

    The effect of body language or non-verbal communication on establishing and reinforcing relationships as a lesson gets underway is demonstrated.
    Body language expert Chris Caswell, from Myton School in Warwick, observes and reviews a history lesson.
    He highlights how the teacher uses space around the classroom to focus attention and demonstrate status, while different hand gestures and body postures encourage participation.

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